Wind Surge’s newest fan shows why representation matters

Wind Surge's newest fan shows why representation matters
Published: Feb. 27, 2022 at 9:55 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Inspiration comes in different ways, and sometimes all it takes is having someone similar to you to look up to.

D.J. Burt has been playing professional baseball since 2014. Last season he was the second baseman for the Wichita Wind Surge, and in that season for the Surge, he made a lifelong fan.

In July of 2021, 12-year-old Cristian Couch and his mom, Tiffany Lognion, attended an Arkansas Travelers game where they took on the Wind Surge. Cristian’s mom saw Burt playing second base and was determined to him meet Burt after seeing him play.

“He was coming over to the dugout, and I was like, ‘You would not believe it. My son looks just like you. From the (dreadlocks), from the colored tips, and you play the same position. Is there any way you can just meet him?’” Lognion said.

Burt agreed to stick around after the game and said he’s happy he did.

“I told her to meet me by the locker room because he was running bases, and when he came up, and I saw him, he had the same color dreads as me, which was pretty cool,” Burt said.

After the game, Tiffany shared a Facebook post sharing how much this meant to her son. She says the representation means so much to young kids. As for Burt, he’ll be making fans with a new team this year - he signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in December.

Cristian’s mother said she is grateful that Cristian was able to meet Burt while he had the opportunity.

“For him to have that moment,” Lognion said, “just that epiphany that ‘Hey, this could be me if I keep working.’”

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